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Educator SuperheroShe saved you with just-in-time teaching on that new drain. He swept in and made sure you knew all about the changes in the blood administration policy. She stayed right by your side, ever-so-secretly encouraging you during your first time through the new procedure technique. He printed the evidence synopsis for your practice question and helped roll out the team education so everyone else could see the evidence (and gap) in order to improve patient care.

These people are one-in-the-same. They are Educator Superheroes, and they save the day all. the. time. What better way to say ‘thank you’ than to nominate your Educator Superhero for Mosby’s fourth annual Superheroes of Nursing Educator category?

The fourth annual Superheroes of Nursing contest seeks to recognize excellence in the nursing industry as a reflection of the type of excellence that Mosby’s Nursing Suite products instill in nurses. Anyone and everyone is invited to nominate nurses who excel at certain aspects of their jobs – patient care, education, standards and regulations, time management and technology innovation. Each of these core qualities are tied to superhero roles, and the categories for the winners – the Protector, Educator, the Informer and the Validator.

The Educator category is currently open for nominations. It closes on July 15th, so nominate your Superhero today!

Nominations are accepted at ElsevierHeroes.com and Mosby’s Suite Facebook page. The four winners will be announced via Facebook in September. The winners will also be honored at the ANCC National Magnet Conference® October 8-10, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

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She rescued you by prepping weekly Joint Commission audits for you. He saved they day and knew exactly what you needed to meet OSHA requirements. She quoted CPT codes and regulations for nursing visits faster than you could say “revenue cycle.” He had every bit of the medication reconciliation policy researched and documented for the practice council meeting. She explained the clinical practice guidelines behind the new procedure technique.

TheValidatorThese people are one-in-the-same. They are Nurse Validator Superheroes, and they save the day all. the. time. They look like rule-followers, and yes, yes they are that (and thank heavens for that!), but they are so, so, so, soooo much more! They are the ones we run to when we need to know what to do and how to do it from a real person – a professional who proves himself or herself on dotting those i’s and crossing all the t’s. And our healthcare system and patient care is all the better because of their awesomeness. What better way to say ‘thank you’ than to nominate your Validator Superhero for Mosby’s fourth annual Superheroes of Nursing Educator category?

The fourth annual Superheroes of Nursing contest seeks to recognize excellence in the nursing industry as a reflection of the type of excellence that Mosby’s Nursing Suite products instill in nurses. Anyone and everyone is invited to nominate nurses who excel at certain aspects of their jobs – patient care, education, standards and regulations, time management and technology innovation. Each of these core qualities are tied to superhero roles, and the categories for the winners – the Protector, Educator, the Informer and the Validator.

The Validator category is currently open for nominations. It closes on June 15th, so nominate your Superhero today!

Nominations are accepted at ElsevierHeroes.com and Mosby’s Suite Facebook page. The four winners will be announced via Facebook in September. The winners will also be honored at the ANCC National Magnet Conference® October 8-10, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

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Here’s to Nurses [video]

by Nursetopia on May 30, 2014

Elsevier originally created the Here’s to Nurses video to celebrate Nurses Week 2014. Bright and full of crazy stats only nurses won’t find astonishing – I love this video. So even though Nurses Week has come and gone, it’s still a great time to honor the nurses in your life.

Here’s to nurses!!

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Here’s to Nurses [video]

by Nursetopia on May 30, 2014

Elsevier originally created the Here’s to Nurses video to celebrate Nurses Week 2014. Bright and full of crazy stats only nurses won’t find astonishing – I love this video. So even though Nurses Week has come and gone, it’s still a great time to honor the nurses in your life.

Here’s to nurses!!

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Not So Random Thoughts on Nursing

by Nursetopia on May 6, 2014

Leadership is a tremendous privilege offering a unique perspective. During a critical moment this week, the seconds felt like warp speed, and yet it also felt like some of the longest minutes of my year, sludging across time. In that moment, I was never more proud of the multidisciplinary healthcare team and never more keenly aware of the safety and care nurses routinely provide for patients and visitors.

Nurses are continuously beside people otherwise known as strangers. We give our days, nights, weekends, and holidays to anticipate and remove issues before they even happen. And when the random, unthinkable (to some) occurs, we do anything and everything in our power to protect the lives entrusted to us. Our expertise is highly under-recognized yet always expected.

Nursing care is anything but random. Even when unplanned, it’s systematic. Because nursing is a profession, complete with a code of ethics and a vast, growing body of knowledge. Florence Nightingale called it a “noble profession.”

She may have been on to something.

Happy Nurses Week to all those who provide order to the random and make the routine look easy. I and the rest of the world celebrate you!

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Happy, Happy Oncology Nurses Month!

by Nursetopia on May 1, 2014

HoorayForOncologyNursesIt’s May, and for oncology nurses all around the world, that means one giant celebration month! Now, I love, love, love the nursing profession, but I must be honest; I am biased towards oncology nurses. I can’t help it…I am an oncology nurse myself. I feel at home around oncology nurses; they’re my people, my tribe, my community…whatever you want to call it.

Oncology nurses are a special group. (I know, I know…what nursing specialty isn’t “special,” right?!) And oncology in and of itself is a complex area of care. There’s never a dull moment, and it seems like there is always a new drug, protocol, treatment to learn. It’s innovative, and oncology nurses help lead the way in that, too, using evidence (or generating it!) to guide patient care. Oncology nurses beautifully blend the art and science of health care.

I am so glad I’m an oncology nurse, and I certainly plan to celebrate my nursing specialty and colleagues this month. Do you have an oncology nurse in your life or work? Be sure to celebrate him or her this month!

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Thinking Through My Leadership Manifesto

by Nursetopia on April 16, 2014

I have the privilege of learning alongside some amazing nurses. Recently we briefly talked about how what we believe influences our leadership styles and, thus, everything we do. So, it’s important to really know what it is you believe in. It made me pause, and for the next several days I really thought about what I believe as an individual and leader – to be more aware.

I believe in the triune God and the God-breathed Word, which guides my life and work. My beliefs may be divergent from others’, which should not change the way I provide care. Yet, my work and actions should be different in many ways, reflecting foundational Christian principles that undergird my life.

I believe as a leader, I am the ultimate example for my team. I must role model the way.

I believe that in healthcare, everything comes down to and revolves around people. Every. Thing. I must remember that with each decision.

I believe frontline team members are the largest source of solutions to current problems.

I believe professionals are adults and should be treated as such.

I believe that while difficult to develop and maintain, diversity is vital to the health of a team, an organization, and the final service or product.

I believe failure is not final; it should be celebrated and learned from rather than feared and avoided.

I believe the majority of people want control over their work, clear expectations, and room to autonomously shake the world.

I believe I must give the same opportunities and lessons to those around me that others have graciously and generously given me.

I believe thank you’s never get old and cannot be said enough.

I believe curiosity and inquiry are welcome aspects to any organization.

I believe the work environment should be so amazing that people are banging down the doors and waiting on lists for the opportunity to join the team.

I believe continuous learning is a requirement, not an option.

I believe collaboration is worth the effort.

Beliefs can change over time, a member of the group pointed out. She’s right. What do you deeply believe that influences each aspect of your work?

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Dansko is at it again…recognizing and celebrating the most fabulous group of healthcare professionals – nurses, of course! Okay, I might be a tad biased. Maybe. But you can’t deny that Dansko loves, loves, loves nurses! And who’s to blame them? No one here!

Dansko is giving away a pair of their amazing shoes and a fabulous Nurses Week lunch to you and nine of your closest nurse friends. That is, if you’re one of the five randomly selected winners. That means you have to enter, though, by April 28th. Simply tell them why you celebrate Nurses Week, and you’re in the drawing! How easy is that? And oh my goodness…what nurse friend wouldn’t offer to help with your next admit/discharge/enema/[insert your least-favorite nursing care piece here] when he or she realizes you’re treating him/her to new Dansko shoes and lunch?! Oh yeah; you’ll be that nurse during Nurses Week.

So, get after it; enter the Dansko Nurses Week Giveaway, and start the celebration early! Thanks, Dansko, for always celebrating Nurses! 

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Never heard of a Certified Cancer (or Tumor) Registrar? You’re not alone. Even people within the oncology world often do not know about these amazing team members. The reason? They work behind the scenes and do so much background work that they make the Invisible Woman look like Captain Obvious.

Ever wondered how we get our cancer statistics like incidence, prevalence, mortality, and survival rates? That’s all because Tumor Registrars abstract data from individual patient charts over the course of a cancer patient’s lifetime. Curious how providers know whether or not specific treatment regimens make a difference in patient outcomes over time? Yep, that’s a Tumor Registrar’s work, too. Inquired whether there are certain clusters of cancers in specific locations that may be tied to environment, diet, etc. Oh, yes…thank a Tumor Registrar for those nuggets of info, also.

Cancer Registries are incredible sources of data; they are absolutely vital to our patient care, our healthcare system, and to public health. If I need data as an oncology administrator, the Cancer Registry (my local, state, and national ones) are the very first places I look to for help. These professionals are that amazing.

On top of all of that work, Cancer Registries are often the departments that help coordinate tumor boards as well as American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation pieces.

Do you know your Certified Cancer Registrars and Cancer Registry team? If not, you need to meet them. Today. And thank them while you’re at it.

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